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Counties get Sh5b to spruce up towns : The Standard

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Nairobi, Mombasa, Kisumu, Nakuru and Uasin Gishu Counties are set to receive additional funds this year to enable them improve services within their capitals.


The Commission on Revenue Allocation (CRA) has recommended that the counties – which host five of Kenya’s largest urban areas – receive an additional Sh5 billion to enable them provide urban infrastructure and services.

Nairobi, Mombasa, Kisumu, Nakuru and Eldoret are recognised as cities using criteria provided by the Urban Areas and Cities Act (UACA) that was enacted in 2011. In September 2017, the Cabinet approved the elevation of Nakuru and Eldoret to city status and the two are expected to receive charters.

CRA in its recommendations to the government for the allocation of funds to counties in the 2020/21 financial year said despite growth and the contribution to the economy, the towns have been in neglect with minimal investments to enhance service delivery to cope with growth in population.

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“These five cities require additional funding to enable them provide urban infrastructure and services to promote higher levels of productivity, service delivery and economic growth,” said CRA.

“Based on the foregoing, the Commission recommends a new conditional grant of Sh5 billion per year to the five cities beginning in the financial year 2020/21.”

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Nairobi is the largest contributor to the economy and accounted for 21.7 per cent of the gross domestic product as of 2017, according to the Kenya Bureau of statistics, followed by Nakuru (6.1 per cent). While Kiambu County was ranked third, accounting for 5.5 per cent, it might not pass for a city status due to size of Kiambu Town as well as proximity to Nairobi.

The other cities also made significant contributions include Mombasa accounting for 4.7 per cent of GDP, Kisumu (2.9 per cent) and Uasin Gishu (Eldoret) – 2.3 per cent.

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Combined, economies of the five cites accounted for 37.7 per cent of all products and services that the Kenyan economy produced in 2017 (or the GDP).

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“Despite their economy significance, the delivery of basic urban services in the cities as required by UACA has deteriorated and they are not able to meet the rising demand exerted by growing urban population,” said CRA.



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Alcohol-delivery firm Dial a drink Kenya Providing Convenience amid pandemic

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NAIROBI, Kenya July 12 –  Founded two months after the corona virus outbreak in Kenya, Drinkup, an alcohol delivery firm has aligned itself to online delivery of alcohol in order to reduce unnecessary movements which is key in minimizing the risk of corona virus infections in the country.

The firm, which was founded in February but launched its operations in May is solely focused on alcoholic products ranging from wines, spirits, beer amongst others.

With a fixed Sh 100 delivery fee, Kenyans across Nairobi and its environs can order their favorite drinks through the multi vendor platform, a phone call or an SMS for a delivery within 30 minutes.

Speaking to Capital Business, Drinkup Director Charles Wagura noted that the launch of firm was inspired by the need to create convenience for Kenyans in the wake of the pandemic which has necessitated the need to avoid physical contact and unnecessary movements.

“The main inspiration behind the formation of this firm is the convenience brought by online delivery and our clients do not have to go the shop, they can either call, send a text or order the drink from our online platform,” he said.

The experience in the market so far, Wagura said, “has been immense” , with more people ordering through the application with variety of drink choices for the clients and convenient drivers who can deliver quickly.

“The industry is receptive to the business, most people prefer online deliveries, this is why you see most business are turning to e-commerce,” he said.

While the business has accrued profits since May, he said the profits from the business are currently being re-invested in the company to increase its growth.

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In the near future, the firm is planning to expand its services to Nakuru and Mombasa and also include the supply of drinking water to its clients.

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Like any other e-commerce platform, Drinkup has experienced its fair of challenges, key among them is delayed deliveries, insufficient drivers and payment mode with many clients still preferring cash  mode of payment which poses risk on transfer of the virus

“We are still learning, we are working to bring more drivers on board to increase the speed of delivery time,” he added.

Being a multi-vendor platform which hosts various shops, Wagura pointed out that the firm conducts thorough background checks on the liquor shops to ensure  they have valid liquor license, are compliant with law and abide by other necessary requirements to own such such a shop.

As part of his proposals, he urged the Government to further ease the ease of doing business especially on taxation noting that the planned imposition of taxes on  e-commerce will push away many Small and Micro Enterprises (SMEs).

“When the ease of conducting business for online business is sabotaged, the ripple effect will be felt by those in the lower cadre in the chain including riders who rely on online deliveriEs to reap their benefits,” he concluded.

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COVID-19 patient to sue Isiolo County for exposing him – KBC

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A 62-year-old man in Isiolo County who recovered from COVID-19 is seeking justice after health workers at Garbatula Hospital allegedly shared his photos and biodata on social media platforms.

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Osman Shariff who is a trader in the area is now decrying of immense stigma and massive losses in his businesses following the alleged move by the health workers at the hospital where he had been placed under isolation.

The businessman is seeking to sue the County Government even after Isiolo Governor Mohamed Kuti pleaded with him to put the matter to rest.

After recovering from COVID-19, Osman Shariff has now resolved to seek legal redress, to compel the county government to compensate him from what he terms as malicious damage to his business.

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The 62-year-old trader says he is undergoing immense psychological torture after his photos and biodata went viral on social media, the details he says were shared by health workers at Garbatula Hospital.

The stigma he says has been extended to his family posing an unfriendly environment as the trauma takes a toll on them.

His quest to seek justice coming days after Isiolo Governor Mohamed Kuti acknowledged the incident and further pleaded with the victim to put the matter to rest.

Individuals who recover from the dreaded coronavirus have continuously faced stigmatization from the community.

Some even from close relatives, this notwithstanding the Ministry of Health’s plea to the public not to discriminate any individual on such grounds.

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Nairobi County loses 400 parking bays at Telposta Towers

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Nairobi County loses 400 parking bays at Telposta Towers

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The Nairobi County government has lost control of more than 400 parking bays at Telposta Towers after a court found that it is private property belonging to Teleposta Pension Scheme Trustees.

Justice Samson Okong’o of the Environment and Lands Court found that the defunct City County Council had surrendered the property to the pension scheme in 2005 at a cost of Sh15 million.

Having handed over and received payment, the judge said the City government had relinquished its interest in the disputed property.

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After acquiring the property, the Scheme developed it resulting to creation of 408 parking bays at the basement and a recreational area. Other 45 parking bays that had been erected by the city council remained intact.

The Scheme moved to court in 2010 after City Hall attempted to evict the security personnel manning the parking bays.

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Nairobi also wanted to levy parking fees on the the Scheme’s customers and tenants, a move that Justice Okong’o said amounted to trespassing.

The County government had denied that it sold the property to the scheme adding that the title that was issued after the plot was amalgamated with another was illegal, null and void.

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